The hypocrisy of fashion

Talk about skating on thin ice.

There was a story on the radio about black models in the fashion industry complaining that they didn’t get their fair share of magazine covers. Some wags were even suggesting that legislation should be introduced to force the magazines to allocate a certain percentage of the covers for black models.

I had to check my calendar that it wasn’t April the 1st such was my incredulity.

Where shall I start.

Well, this is the fashion industry we are talking about, probably the most facile, fatuous and fickle industry you can imagine. Logic and rational are words that don’t exist in this environment. One of the black models being interviewed actually pointed out that the number of magazine covers given to them doesn’t reflect the black population of the UK. It must have taken a will of iron for the interviewer not to point out that the covers don’t reflect the obese or the ‘ugly’ population of the UK either. This same model also complained that the magazines weren’t prepared to take any risks.

Indeed, why don’t they use fat people – or was she only talking about white models versus black models?

And I thought magazines were a commercial enterprise trying to make a profit. What they put in or on the magazine is up to them. What has legislation got to do with it?

The speciousness of the argument was revealed at the end when an editor described how covers are heavily researched now and it is celebrities that people want to see on them. Beautiful models – black or white, are old hat.

That’s fashion for you.

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